Brides: are you using mason jar glasses for your bar? Planning to give favors packaged in mason jars for guests? Don’t miss this post! Read these five rules to ensure your drinking glasses or favors are well-received by guests. We’ll also show you a few key ingredients for drinking glasses guests will love, along with a chic way to personalize a mason jar favor. It’s all inside…
5 Rules to Mason Jar Glasses (or Favors)
Some people don’t like drinking directly out of mason jar glasses, so be sure to include straws with your jars. To make instant drinking glasses (complete with a spot for a straw), use mason jar daisy lids (shown above, bottom left). A straw fits right in the center. You can find daisy lids at vintage or antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales, or here, which I love because they look like the old zinc lids.
Use jute twine strung through chalkboard tags (you can buy them at Hobby Lobby or Michaels) and tie one around each jar. Guests can use a piece of chalk (or a chalk pen) to write their name and keep track of their glass. Or, try these stick-on labels.
I’ve tried using chalkboard paint on mason jars to create labels, but that was before the stick-on labels were available. It’s much easier — and less messy — with the stickers.
We received an email from a bride’s mom who wanted to know if there were plastic mason jars available, since her daughter’s venue does not allow for glass. Great question, Pam! Actually, there is an option… crisis averted thanks to the folks at Aladdin. I love this and want a pair of ‘em just because.
It’s way too pricey to buy one for each guest, but the bride and groom or the wedding party can enjoy ‘em.
2. Make sure the wedding favor is delicious — or functional.
When giving a favor, make sure it’s something you would also enjoy. A few ideas include mason jars filled with honey, coffee beans, nuts, tea, cookie mix, trail mix, cupcakes, or candy. Include ingredients in case anyone is allergic.
Make sure a favor you give your guests is functional. Two common non-edible options include candles (make ‘em yourself or buy them) or drinking glasses, which guests can take home and re-use.
3. Buy local!
Buy handmade. Shop local. Support small business. Give guests favors of local products and include a sticker with the business’ name. Guests — especially out of town — love to experience of local fare.
A wedding favor deserves plenty of personalization. If you’re giving edible favors, top it off with a mason jar label on the lid. Custom lid stickers make the gift more personal and can be tied into your decor. These lid stickers are custom made by The Ink Lab.
Use your new monogram for a personal touch.
4. Make sure no one can miss ‘em.
Making mason jar glasses or wedding favors can be a costly or timely process. Make sure none of your favors go unnoticed! Place your favors on a table where guests won’t miss them, or place one at each guest’s seat. If you are giving guests mason jar glasses, place them all together near the bar with a sign that tells guests to grab a glass, a tag, and fill it up.
5. Buy in bulk.
You can buy mason jars in most stores, but you can’t always count on a great price or options. Plus, lugging around a hundred or more mason jars isn’t an especially fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Make it easy on yourself and buy in bulk. You can pick from different sizes (jelly jar, quart, pint, and 4 oz jars), vintage inspired blue jars (or traditional clear), and you can buy a ton at once. You can even find those mason jar glasses with handles, which I have yet to find in my local store. Plus, it’s all shipped straight to your door. It doesn’t get much easier than that.